A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne
K. Young, Associate Editor.
Dr Green shrugged eloquently when I told him he had pneumonia. It had
been 45 years since penicillin had demoted his disease, once "the captain
of the men of death," but he was already nearing his middle age by then, and
perhaps he still remembered his helpless bedside vigils in the houses of dying
children who had been skipping rope only a few days earlier. Perhaps his silence
bespoke a vast disbelief; so much tragedy and death, all the grief-filled
birthdays and anniversaries, now casually avoided with a handful of pills.
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